Wednesday, March 13, 2013

History of African Americans in Arkansas

African Americans have a very rich history in the state of Arkansas. Through many ups and downs, we helped to build, discover and cultivate our own unique culture throughout the state, especially in the delta region. We have achieved a lot and continue to prosper as much as possible in the old south. In spite of all the gains that had been achieved during the earlier civil rights era, clearly, the burden of the state’s long history of racism and discrimination continues to weigh upon the present. Before it can honestly be said that the African-American people of Arkansas are “free at last” of this legacy, much still remains to be done. 
Here is an article on the history of African Americans in Arkansas, it's brief but accurate and precise.


  1. Interesting article, Tony. What a sad history! One can just hope things continue to improve.

  2. Some great background & striking photo's Tony; all documenting quite a struggle.
    Cheers, ic

  3. It's always good to know your history otherwise you have nowhere to call home, if you know what I mean.

    Black people in general have struggled for centuries to make a better name for themselves but it has not been easy. Racism is still around but more undercover than people think. It is subtle in form, raising it's ugly head when necessary. Yes, I must admit that changes have been made, but in my humble opinion, a lot of work is still needed in many areas.

    I live in a multicultural area and I get extremely offended hearing the word 'ni**er and suchlike being branded around on the streets, in communities, in the music industry etc by black people.

    Those words are nothing more than derogatory and was never used in a good way so why are black people referring to each other in this way. But should a white person say it to a black person then all hell breaks loose. Hypocrite.
    Anyway, you've got me started now so I'm gonna shut up. You've done a very interesting and thought provoking post.